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4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER 'Only One You'll Ever Need'...???, 8 Mar 2008
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This review is from: The Only Classical Album You'll Ever Need Volume 2 (Audio CD)
If the original 2CD `The Only Classical Album You'll Ever Need' was true to its claim, then surely there'd be no need for this volume 2 would there? Never mind, all good things deserve a sequel I guess.

This follow up 2CD release matches the original in that the budget price doesn't reflect the quality, for the soloists, orchestras, conductors and the recordings themselves ensure it is a good quality selection of mostly familiar music from the classical music repertoire.

The choices this time offer a slightly more varied repertoire than the opera-biased original, for example there are film soundtracks such as `The Mission' (Ennio Morricone), `Lord of the Rings (Howard Shore), `The Deerhunter' (Stanley Myers) and `2001 : A Space Odyssey' (Richard Strauss's `Also Sprach Zarathustra').

Also included this time are the glaring omissions, unavoidable though due to the limitations of only 2CDs, such as Beethoven's popular `Ode To Joy' from Symphony No. 9 and Ralph Vaughan William's version of `Greensleves'.

More unusual inclusions are Bach's `Goldberg Variations' (Silence of the Lambs ) and his beautiful Cantata No. 140 `Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'(Wake up, the voice is calling us) commonly known as `Sleepers' Wake'.

As with the original `The Only Classical Album You'll Need' the tracks are mostly single movements from the whole score, which may not please the more enthusiastic classical fan, but then this album really is only aimed at those wanting a brief 'best of' product rather than an in depth study, and for that purpose it does its job well.

I would recommend the album as a bargain value, well perfomed selection of classical music which builds on that of Volume 1.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compliments to RCA Victor for creating a second album improving on the first!, 24 May 2013
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This review is from: The Only Classical Album You'll Ever Need Volume 2 (Audio CD)
As much as I did like RCA Victor's "The Only Classical Album You'll Ever Need", I did also think that the selection seemed to have too much calm and not enough bang but that's where, I think, this sequel comes in. Here on "The Only Classical Album You'll Ever Need Volume 2" you've got a proper mix of calm and bang, just the right balance for a successful album. You have here the grace of "The Blue Danube", the elegance of "Eine Kleine Nauchtmusik", the jazzy "Rhapsody in Blue", the chilling "In the Hall of the Mountain King" as well as the serenity of the "Moonlight Sonata" and the rippling "Aquarium" ("Carnival of the Animals") plus even a few modern compositions. An astounding album by RCA Victor - compliments!
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic vol 2, 19 July 2009
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this was exactly what I expected it to be. Most of my favourites but with some variations on arrangements.
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